I know how important it is, I've seen the pictures, heck, I've been down that road myself ... but I simply will not wear gear I am not totally comfortable in, and so ... well, lets just say I'm not always properly suited up and my expensive leather jacket takes up space in my closet.
BUT, I'm trying to reform my ways. I have spent quite some time looking at the available options out there for gear.
I checked out a few different shops, tried on all kinds of stuff, and for starters, I have found a few things I think might be for me.
This jacket ... Joe Rocket UFO Mesh jacket
seems light enough that I might actually wear it every time I ride. Fits really well, which is surprising, and the elbow, shoulder, and spot for the back protector have got to be better than what I wear (or more accurately, don't wear) now.
Then I found these gloves ... Rev-It Solar Gloves
. They are really comfu, don't seem to bulky as to interfere with my "feel" for the controls, and seem at first glance to offer at least decent palm and knuckle protection. As I currently ride in motocross gloves, these are without a doubt a step up.
Anyone have either of these items? I know they are not top of the protection pyramid, but are they worth anything at all? I'm tryin to work with the "best gear in the world will not save me hanging in my closet" theory, but at the same time, if they do as much good as a denim jacket and cheap gloves, then what's the point?